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tonight on "world news," the hidden dangers in this brutal heat. what it's doing to so many americans, even as they sleep. ers facing a crush of patients tonight. even the crown of the statue of liberty shut down. this evening, the temperature inside that crown. new warnings after that tragedy at yosemite. three people over the falls. and now an alert about a different weather extreme. the walkout. the question today that sent rahm emanuel out the door. something other leaders have been asked about their children before. about face. those airport scanners, and what they'll see now. and so many asking, what were they already seeing. and the game changer. one of the wizards who changed the way america watched game spokes. and what we never knew about it had us spinning.
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good evening. we begin this thursday night here with the deadly heat wave. on the move this evening. but slowly. 200 million americans now sweating it out. tonight, this massive heat dome is hovering over 1 million square miles. it's now taking a real toll. even at night when we thought our bolds were getting a break as we sleep, they're not. abc's matt gutman traveling with the system all week reports in from philadelphia. matt? >> reporter: good evening to you, david. a heat index here of well over 100 degrees, still smothers the city. and across the country. that unrelenting heat has caused nearly two dozen deaths in the past 24 hours alone. and many of the hospitals were spoke to are reporting a four-fold increasen heat related cases. in boston, a near record number of patients in the er today.
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>> most people complain of dizziness, weakness, fatigue. and the heat will be playing a role in their particular acute or chronic illness. >> reporter: it's not just people being knocked out. inf infrastructure is taking a beating, too. heat so intense, it bent these rail lines as if they were made of rubber. cracked these building foundations in tulsa. and closed the crown of the statue of lilirty. nearly 100 cities tied or set records for high temperatures overnight t is month. about it effecting the sleep of millions. to see just how that works, we went to the jefferson sleep disorder center. i had my vitals taken. >> 98.1. >> reporter: and went outside to cook. >> 98.4. >> reporter: i'm fitted with these e leg troelds. >> people, when they are exposed to a lot of heat, they tend to wake up more. they tend to arauz. >> reporter: when the body sleeps, inner cool temperatures
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have to cool down. but if you are overheated, your body won't cool and your sleep is disturbed. cooling off hasn't been easy. here in philadelphia, they crushed into pools by the thousands. david, folks here and docks are doing pretty much to cool down, including when they're indoors, using a lot of air conditioning. and this city tonight is expected to hit a record all-time high for electricityty use. chicago also hit it today and tomorrow it's new york's turn. and this, at a time when many states are eliminating programs to help the poor pay their utility bills. david? >> matt gutman, thank you. i want to bring in abc's dr. richard besser and sam champion, our weather editor. rich, let's start with you. sleeping, as matt said. there's a reason why we are all lethargic. we're not sleeping as well. so, what do you do? >> reporter: that's right. a couple tips. before you go to bed, you can try a cool shower or a cool bath. that will help bring down your core body temperature. but the tip i heard today that i
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like the most, try putting your sheets in the freezer for a couple hours before you go to bed. it will make your bed more comfortable, may help you get to that part of falling to sleep. >> just don't forget you left them there. and you pointed this out before, when you stop sweating, it's problem. it's a problem and quickly. >> reporter: this is really important. in just 10 to 15 minutes, if you've stopped sweating, your body temperature can go up to 106 degrees or higher. >> and looking out for the vulnerable. you say it's as simple as looking for confusion. >> reporter: a group of people who are faced with this heat, one of them is confused, irritable, that means their brain is taking the brunt of the heat. that's a medical emergency. get them out of the sun, get them to medical care. >> rich, thank you. let's bring in sam champion tonight in central park. sam, you've been out all day since "good morning america." we mentioned it at the top of the broadcast. even the statue of liberty, the crown closed tonight? >> reporter: yeah, david, good evening, by the way.
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they only close that drown when it feels like 110 degrees inside the crown. and it did today. this heat dome that's been over the middle of the country, for weeks now, with places like dallas at 18 days of 100 degrees, shifted to the east today what that is, imagine a big lid on a pot, because all the worst heat is trapped underneath that dome. and the dome can't really move out of the way. it's being held in place. and a little dribble of cool air will move across the northern part of the country and give relief in northern areas. but no one else gets any relief from this big block of heat. >> until early next week. sam champion tonight and rich besser here, thank you. we're going to turn to new warnings just as people flood into america's national parks for vacation. this alert comes after that tragedy that took three young looichls at yosemite. they were swept over a 317-foot waterfall. abc's david wright tonight on the other weather extreme that likely played a role in this.
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>> reporter: the majestic beauty be deadly if you get too close. in yosemite, a massive snow melt has made the water falls even more beautiful than usual. three young adults ignored the warning signs and jumped over the guardrails for a better view. >> i saw a girl sitting on the ledge with her feet hanging over where she wasn't supposed to be. i looked back up, i go, okay, she's gone. >> apparently they were taking photos, playing in the water. one of the means lost his footing, started to slide down. second male tried to rescue him and also lost his footing. then the third person, the female did, and unfortunately, all three were swept over the falls. >> i saw the man's eyes as he was going over the waterfall and that was devastating. >> reporter: this sort of thing happens more often than you think. last year, 156 people died in the national parks. and the park service had to spend more than $5 million on
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searches and rescues. at nigh yag gra falls this week, a young bride hopped over the guard rhames near the rapids. >> i wanted to touch bufty. >> reporter: moments after her fiance shot these images, she got swept into the churning water below the falls. lucky for her, a tourist boat pulled her out. getting back to what happened at yosemite, though, what were they thinking? >> signs were posted by the park service in many different languages warning of the raging waters, and they were raging. my heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy. my head just cannot comprehend the decision-making that went on to step beyond that guardrail and into those raging waters. >> reporter: the point is to get close to nature, but to follow the rules and not get too close. no tourist snapshot is worth a human life. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> thundershow >>. we move on tonight, and to the question that led chicago's
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mayor to walk out of a interview today. ram emanuel left the interview after being asked a question about his children. here's abc's jon karl tonight. >> reporter: newly elected m mor ram emanuel's famous hot temper was on display with a interview when he refused to answer a question about where his kids will go to school. >> mary ann, let me break the news to you. my children are not in a public position. the mayor is. and as long as i'm -- >> you don't think it will be news where they go to school? >> i think you will do that. but let me -- you are asking me a value statement, n n a policy. no, you have to approaeciate th. my children are not an instrument of me being mayor. my children are my children. >> reporter: political leaders, of course, have a right to family privacy just like everyone else.
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but the "where do your kids go to school" question is not a new one. last year, president obama was asked if his daughters would get as good an only case in a d.c. public school as they do in private school. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> reporter: look what happened when new jersey governor chris christie was asked about his kids on a pbs call-in show. >> you don't send your children to public schools, you send them to private schools, so, i was wondering why you think it's fair to be cutting school funding to public schools. >> you know what, first off, it's none of your business. i don't ask you where you send your kids to school. don't bother me about where i send mine. >> reporter: as for rahm? he called another station after storming off to say his kids will be going to private school. jon karl, abc news, washington. and with so much bad news hitting us on the economy, this evening, we decided to focus on a bright spot.
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a shiny apple. we learned today that about is on the verge of becoming the many most valuable company in the world. eathtaking new profits, billions of dollars pouring in. and, so, we ask here tonight, what's the secret? can other companies follow apple's lead? abc's neal karlinsky has been to apple so many times before. >> reporter: therere the economy that we all live and breathe, stagnant growth and lingering unemployment -- and then, there's apple. >> apple, and the earnings solidly beat expectations. >> apple came out with a gangbuster number late yesterday. >> they have done it again. >> reporter: the tech giant's success this week defies normal economics. consider this. the ipad, a form of device that never existed, has been adopted by consumers faster than any other new technology. already in 16% of households in just over a year. by comparison, it took the cell phone nine years to reach that point. the color tv also took nine years. >> apple has caught a wave for the past decade of inventing and
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reinventing things that people really, really want. >> reporter: listen to what steve jobs told me after unveiling the first iphone just four years ago. >> it's very clear to us that the world is going mobile. >> reporter: little did we know he was already working on the i mad, which has since spawned imitator, even counterfeitork. look at this store in china. all fake. >> it started new companies that become very successful. >> reporter: apple has managed to do something unique. to sell things peoplee love. and change the way we live in the process. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. there was a farewell today. a big part of america's space program became history. it was the last landing of the 30-year shuttle program. a picture perfect landing.
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but what comes next? abc's lisa stark was there. >> having fired the imagination of a generation a ship like no other. >> reporter: for this last mission, a first. a picture of the shuttle plunging from space back to earth, shot from the international space station. "atlantis" landing in pre-dawn darkness, to cheers from nasa workers in florida and houston. a bittersweet homecoming for space shuttle employees. tomorrow, 4,000 get pink slips. among them, ellen underwood. >> i try to keep positive about it. take one day at a time, that's all you can do. >> reporter: good luck. >> thank you. >> reporter: what's next for nasa? that's not so clear. >> the american public is starting to wake up to the fact that they like being first. we're not first in a lot of things but we're first in space. >> reporter: for today, it is
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good-bye to the space shuttle. hello to the future, whatever that might be. lisa stark, abc news, at the kennedy space center. >> and lisa says nasa will place a permanent marker at the edge of the runway where "atlantis" touched down today. coming up, a big change to the airport near you. what the screeners will see. and if that's an improvement what were they seeing before? a picture of the same man, different chapters in life. the boomers fulfilling their childhood dreams, and it's far from being too late. you can, too. and later, do you recognize that face there? vanna white, and what we learned today, something we never knew, about the giant wheel. so i took my heartburn pill and some antacids. we're having mexican tonight, so another pill then? unless we eat later, then pill later? if i get a snack now, pill now? skip the snack, pill later...
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woman: scholarship! woman: honey go get him. anncr: there's an easier way to save. get online. go to get a quote. 15 minutes couou save you 15% or more on car insurance. as you likely know, it is one of the most dreaded parts of airline travel. those full body screeners. so powerful, they flash images of passengers bodies to the screeners keeping watch. but tonight, word the outcry from americans demanding for privacy has been heard. but we ask, if this is an improvement, what were they seeing before? here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: from the moment they first arrived, travelers sounded off. >> i just don't want to be violated. >> i but thinking, ew, i don't like that. >> reporter: security, hidden behind a curtain, seeing an image of your body. the upset put officials on the defense. they may tanned they weren't looking at people naked. but now it appears the
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see-through scanners are on their way out. the tsa is rolling out new software that will turn this anatomically correct image of your body into this much less revealing image. but officials say they'll still be able to catch any hidden threat. >> we are using the same technology for detection. this is simply a different image that is being projected, again, to address the privacy issues. major step forward for us, to address both the security and privacy concerns that we are >> reporter: but the change has flyers today asking, what exactly were security agents seeing all this time? >> i thought they were too invasive. >> i thought it was too much. >> instead of using a completely naked shot of people, certainly it might put some people's minds at ease. >> whatever it takes to keep people safe but if there is a way to be less invasive, i think that's the way to go. >> reporter: also changing? no more monitor behind a curtain. you'll be able to see exactly what security sees.
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all part of a tsa push to remedy the relationship with the traveling public and keep it safe. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> let us know what you think at and when we come back tonight, how this boomer lost a second act. fulfilling a dream, making himself healthier, and why so many other boomers are following suit. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem.
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today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg rereced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no needd for those regular blood tests. than warfarin. pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding, and seek immediate medical care for unexpected signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. pradaxa a y increase your bleeding risk if you're 75 or older, have kidney problems or a bleeding condition, like stomach ulcers. or if you take aspirin products, nsaids, or blood thinners. tell your doctor about all medicines you take, any planned medical or dental procedures, and don't stop taking pradaxa without your doctor's approval, as stopping may increase your stroke risk. other side effects include indigestion, stomach pain, upset, or burning. if you have afib not caused by a heart valve problem, ask your doctor if pradaxa can reduce your risk of a stroke.
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and this retirement revolution is no different. a decade ago, 40% of retirees called the golden years just a continuation of their lifesometime. 26% said they wound wind down. today, they are winding up. and abc's claire shipman on the boomers who are reinventing retirement. >> reporter: a top notch career as a plastic surgeon for 30 years, pretty nice laurels to rest on, nearing retirement. but james had a dream of sirens and red trucks and saving lives stuck in his gut since childhood. >> i'm one of those chihiren who chased firirengines. >> reporter: a firefighter patient encouraged him to check out the station's volunteer program. he was skeptical. he's in his 50s. but he got the job. >> if first call, my first day in the operating room. >> reporter: how an administrator turned ballroom
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dancer? meet elizabeth, james' wife. hooked on the magic of dance as a child, she rediscovered it in her 40s, started lessons, even chully quit her job, opened a dance studio and now competes around the country. >> yes. there are second acts in life. yes, they are possible. >> reporter: and good for you. studies show working after retirement age lowers rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression. sandy markwood is one of the leadi ining voices on aging iss >> there's no limit to what they think they can do and they are just going for it. >> why should there be a limit? people have dreams in their life. and sometimes weo down different paths for different reasons. but once you hit 65 and 70, you really are freed up to do whatever it is that you want to do. >> reporter: and what do james' fellow firemen think about their senior colleague? >> everybody asks me, what it's like it to be old? i just say to them, it's the same as feeling 20. you look in the mirror, you
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don't recognize yourself, but you don't feel old. >> reporter: now, if you are considering something like this and, by the way, 54% of boomers say they are considering reinventing themselves, we have a few tips to make those second acts happier. number one -- you should always, always focus on encouragement, encouragement is everything. number two, y -- keep moving. because exercise is absolutely critical. and we're going to talk a lot more about that tomorrow night when we get into the fact that, there are a number of boomers, david, who are really pushing physical limits with stunning results. >> that's right. we love this, claire. the extreme boomer makeovers like you haven't seen, tomorrow night. see you back there then. if you are considering a second act in life, go to some really inspiring stories there and great tips to get started tomorrow morning. and when we come back here tonight, the puzzle solved here this evening. what we didn't know about those favorite game shows through the
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there was so much that dazzled the country about our game shows. >> vanna white. vanna? >> reporter: vanna white, the obvious answer on "wheel of fortune." as she walked up the few steps, the other star attraction, right there in the foreground. the giant wheel. that was the work of ed flesh. he was a set designer, a sort of wizard behind the changing face of game shows in this country. gone were the austere sets of the 1950s. and here to stay were the neon, the lightbulbs the giant puzzle boards. >> just has to be a good, honest spin. >> reporter: they had to teach the contestants how to spin the wheel. and what we didn't know what that the wheel was, first, upright. but the audience at home could barely read it. and so ed flesh came one that giant flat one and made it the star. but on the first night with it, electronic problems. they had to put someone underneath the wheel to spin it with his feet. the set, one of ed flesh's favorites. but he designed those giant red letters, jeopardy, behind alex
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trebek. he was behind the new look of the newlyweds. that new $25,000 pyramid? that was ed flesh, too, that circle you sat in, your hands trapped in? and the cubes that would reveal the clues. >> a pirate? >> things that wear a patch over their eye? >> things that are hooked? >> reporter: hooked. and so were we, on a look that would define a generation of tv. and so we thank ed flesh tonight, for entertaining us through the years, helping, too. and we thank you for watching. we're always online at don't forget, "nightline" later here tonight. anddgood morning america" first thing in the morning. for diane and all of us here at abc, good night.
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